‘Reasons for Hope’


Jane Goodall, a trailblazer in animal behavior research, will visit the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law on Oct. 4 for a lecture titled “Reasons for Hope.”

The event is co-sponsored by the College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment; Pax Natura Foundation and The Nature Conservancy

Goodall’s pioneering studies on the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania, offered a remarkable window into the lives of our closest living relatives and redefined our relationship to the rest of the animal kingdom. Her research birthed what is now the Guinness World Record’s longest continuous study of chimpanzees, continued by the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI).

At the lecture, Goodall will share her insights on the importance of protecting species and the natural world, while encouraging people to do their part to make a difference every single day. Goodall will also talk about JGI’s innovative community-centered conservation work in Africa and Roots & Shoots global youth program. She will reflect on why, despite the challenges of today, she continues to have reason for hope about the future of wildlife, people and the environment.

The event, while free and open to the public, has extremely limited seating. Tickets are required and are available starting on Sept. 30 starting at 1 p.m. through registration at this link. The lecture will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the sixth floor of the law school in the moot courtroom, 383 South University Street.

“Jane Goodall’s pioneering chimpanzee behavioral study has redefined our relationship to the rest of the animal kingdom. A champion for non-human animals, human rights, environmental protection and a conservation leader for decades, Goodall’s message has evolved into a personal quest to empower others to make the world a better place for all living beings. She believes everyone has a role to play and can make a difference. In her talk at the U, she will bring this message of hope that has inspired people all over the world, especially the younger generation,” said Deen Chatterjee, a fellow at the College of Law and one of the event co-organizers.

“Goodall’s visit will be a landmark event and a significant addition to the U’s continuing emphasis on community-centered conservation, student empowerment and global engagement,” he added.

A live stream of the event will be available on the College of Law’s YouTube page here.